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Jared Dillinger of Meralco and Joseph Yeo of Brgy. Ginebra. Sports5/Paul Ryan Tan

The PBA makes its return from a short break with four teams pinning their hopes on some of the tallest reinforcements in the Commissioner’s Cup that tips off Tuesday at Mall of Asia Arena.

Fans can watch the games either live on TV5 or at the venue as tickets at the general admission section are free of charge.

Ginebra is aiming to have a good start with comebacking coach Ato Agustin and import Michael Dunigan boosting the Gin Kings.

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Brooklyn Nets evaluating future of Lionel Hollins, players (January 27, 2015)
Ohm Youngmisuk and Marc Stein [ Source: ESPN ]

NBA

The Brooklyn Nets, increasingly worried about a recent lack of competitiveness, have launched an in-season evaluation of various facets of the team, including new coach Lionel Hollins, according to league sources.

The Nets lost consecutive road games last week to the Los Angeles Clippers and Utah Jazz by 39 and 35 points, respectively, sparking concern within the organization about whether Hollins' message is getting through. It's just the fifth time in NBA history that a team has lost back-to-back games by 35 points or more.

Nets ownership, sources said, is monitoring the situation closely, with Brooklyn having just fallen out of the East's top eight after a 2-10 slide that coincides with the franchise being up for sale.

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KIA opens PBA campaign against Globalport today (January 27, 2015)
Frank C. Calapre [ Source: SunStar ]

Manny Pacquiao of Kia. Sports5/Paul Ryan Tan

MANILA — Exciting action resumes today as the 40th PBA Commissioners’ Cup starts at The Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City. Expansion team Kia Sorento of coach Manny Pacquiao faces Globalport in the opening game at 4:15 p.m. while Ginebra Kings tangle against Meralco Bolts at 7 p.m.

The import-laden conference will have five games a week every Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

PBA commissioner Chito Salud said that the hectic scheduling is designed to finish the season early and allow the Philippine national team to prepare for the 2015 FIBA-Asia Championship in China. It will serve as a qualifying tournament for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

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Kobe Bryant pays price for what greatness requires (January 27, 2015)
J.A. Adande [ Source: ESPN ]

Kobe Bryant tried to shake off a blow from Dwyane Wade at the 2012 All-Star Game. Bob Donnan/USA TODAY Sports

Kobe Bryant did in Kobe Bryant.

A man's greatest strengths are often his greatest weaknesses. Line up all of the admirable attributes that led Bryant to the highest level of hoops -- drive, determination, dedication, self-confidence -- and you'll find the reasons he no longer gets to play seasons out on his own terms.

The road to greatness charges steep tolls. Bryant always willingly paid -- and never asked for his change. He was defiant until the end and checked back into the game last week in New Orleans, even though he knew his right shoulder, which he will have surgery on Wednesday to repair a torn right rotator cuff, was out of whack. Then he put up two left-handed shots.

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Willie Miller. Sports5 file/Paolo Papa

Willie Miller has won championships and MVP awards. He’s stepped up and delivered in big-time clutch situations.

Former teammate and current Talk ‘N Text team manager Jimmy Alapag has seen it all from Miller and he’ll be hoping the veteran guard can provide the Tropang Texters an extra push in the upcoming Commissioner’s Cup.

“Throughout his career, Willie has not only been a two-time MVP, but also a champion. He definitely gives us added depth and experience at the guard position,” wrote Alapag in a text message to InterAksyon.com.

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Kobe Bryant of Los Angeles Lakers will have shoulder surgery (January 27, 2015)
Associated Press [ Source: ESPN ]

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EL SEGUNDO, Calif. -- Kobe Bryant will have surgery Wednesday on his torn right rotator cuff, likely ending his 19th season with the Los Angeles Lakers.

The team announced Bryant's surgery Monday. He injured his shoulder last week in New Orleans.

The Lakers will announce a timetable for Bryant's recovery after surgery, but coach Byron Scott anticipates losing the third-leading scorer in NBA history for the rest of the year.

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League newcomer Kia is letting go of its Sorento moniker, opting to promote its Multi Purpose Vehicle (MPV) Carnival for the 2015 Commissioner's Cup.

The move comes months before the release of the new generation Kia Carnival later this year.

The Kia Carnival will also be parading its 7-4 Puerto Rican import PJ Ramos, who played for both the Puerto Rican National Basketball Team and the Washington Wizards in the NBA.

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Outside of alcohol, there's no category in sports marketing that's as competitive as the insurance industry.

Wisconsin-based American Family Insurance is hoping to raise its profile among the big players in the business by signing two of the biggest names in sports: Oklahoma City Thunder forward Kevin Durant and Houston Texans defensive end J.J Watt.

The company partly picked the two players because of their stellar reputations, said Telisa Yancy, the vice president of marketing for AFI.

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Kobe Bryant, left, saw Michael Jordan as a mentor and Washington as a way out of LA and his feud with then-Lakers teammate Shaquille O'Neal. AP Photo/E.J. Flynn

Kobe Bryant has long idolized Michael Jordan, the player to whom he has been compared throughout his career. Years ago, he had plans to play alongside his mentor.

According to a Washington Post report on Monday, Bryant more than a decade ago wanted to leave the Los Angeles Lakers and play for Washington Wizards, where Jordan was winding down his career.

"That's true," Bryant told the Post. "A long time ago? Yeah."

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Meet the imports of 2015 Commissioner’s Cup (January 27, 2015)
Norman Riego [ Source: ABS CBN News ]

Manny Pacquiao watches PBA with Puerto Rico's Peter John Ramos. Photo by Mark Cristino for ABS-CBNNews.com

MANILA -- With the 2015 PBA Commissioner’s Cup tipping off on Tuesday, ABS-CBN Sports takes a closer look at the imports tabbed to reinforce all 12 teams.

We start off with the four imports who will be debuting in the conference’s first day on Tuesday at the Mall of Asia Arena.

BARANGAY GINEBRA SAN MIGUEL – Michael Dunigan

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